DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 16”, 26/11/2016
Saitama Kawaguchi City Industrial Technology Center
270 Fans – No Vacancy

-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Gota Ihashi defeated Kazuki Hirata (c) with a Body Attack (1:02 pm).
*Gota Ihashi becomes the 1181st champion.
1. Antonio Honda defeated Guanchulo with a Rolling Leg Clutch (9:17).
2. Saki Akai, Shunma Katsumata & Rekka defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Gota Ihashi when Akai pinned Hirata with the Rookie Award (6:25).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Toru Owashi defeated Gota Ihashi (c) after a Right High Kick from Saki Akai (1:28 pm)
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1182nd champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kazuki Hirata defeated Toru Owashi (c) with a Cradle (1:29 pm).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes the 1183rd champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Kazuki Hirata (c) with a Standing Shooting Star (1:31 pm).
*Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 1184th champion.
3. Shigehiro Irie & Yasu Urano defeated Makoto Oishi Vs MAO when Irie pinned Oishi with the Flying Sausage (10:56).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Gota Ihashi defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) by Tights Smothering (1:49 pm).
*Gota Ihashi becomes the 1185th champion.
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Soma Takao & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Ishii pinned Takao with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (10:27).
5. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Yoshihiro Takayama, Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki when KUDO pinned Iwasaki with the Diving Double Knee Drop (11:26).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Gota Ihashi (c) with a Cradle (2:43 pm).
*Masahiro Takanashi becomes the 1186th champion.
6. Road To DAIICHI Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Bailey pinned Paulie with a Sunset Flip (12:08).
7. Road To DAIICHI Special Tag Match: Shuji Ishikawa & Daisuke Sasaki defeated HARASHIMA & Akito when Sasaki pinned Akito with the NOW OR NEVER (17:07).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kazuki Hirata defeated Masahiro Takanashi (c) by forfeit (3:31 pm).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes the 1187th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Toru Owashi defeated Kazuki Hirata (c) with La Magistral Cradle (3:32 pm).
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1188th champion.

DAMNATION came away from Saitama with one win and one loss out of two important matches. In the main event Daisuke Sasaki pinned Akito but while this was going on Shuji Ishikawa and HARASHIMA traded Elbow Strikes non-stop outside the ring. This continued after the match ended until they finished with a staredown. Ishikawa warned HARASHIMA not to break down in their KO-D Openweight Title match next month. Ishikawa said he will be the last one standing because he is the biggest and most powerful in the pro wrestling world. HARASHIMA said he will not break no matter what Ishikawa throws at him. He will draw power from all of the 906 votes that won him the DDT Dramatic General Election. Ishikawa was given permission by Daisuke Sasaki to give the show closing speech but Sasaki immediately cut him off. Sasaki said the era of DAMNATION will last forever… until he marries Candice LeRae.

DAMNATION’s defeat on this show was dealt by Happy Motels. When Tetsuya Endo’s name was announced in the ring Konosuke Takeshita immediately charged at his former friend. He then rounded up Endo & Mad Paulie outside the ring for Mike Bailey to dive onto them with a Tope Con Hilo. Paulie recovered and tried to give Bailey the Paulie Buster but it was countered into a Sunset Flip for the flash three count. After the match Takeshita provoked Endo by pointing at his KO-D Tag Team Title belt.

Yukio Sakaguchi showed no hesitation from fighting Yoshihiro Takayama again after he was knocked out by the legend last week. However this time he also had Kazusada Higuchi to contend with and by the end of Match #5 it was Sakaguchi and Higuchi who had to be pulled apart from each other. Higuchi said he will crush Sakaguchi in Osaka.

Rumours spread around before the show that Danshoku Dino currently has a cold. He tried to deny it but said so with a raspy voice during a coughing fit. Tomomitsu Matsunaga called Dino irresponsible for wrestling in this state with Soma Takao and Keisuke Ishii. The two of them have a very important AJPW Jr. Title match in Sumo Hall tomorrow. What if either of them caught Dino’s cold? Dino told both of them to show All Japan what DDT is all about, then asked for a hot match to warm up his cold body. Matsunaga forced Dino to wear a surgical mask but Dino later pulled it off to give Takao the Lip Lock. Ishii won the match by pinning Takao, getting a big motivational boost before their title match. Dino wanted to congratulate Ishii with a hug but he scared Ishii away.

Yasu Urano isn’t impressed with all the talk of cute stuff going on in DDT. Between NωA’s idol antics and the 3rd grader Yuni about to debut soon there is a lot of arguing over who is the cutest. Urano thinks Shigehiro Irie is the cutest because he looks like a baby.

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title made its return to DDT for the first time since “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016”. Kazuki Hirata eventually won the belt back after infiltrating TV Tokyo and TBS Radio studios to ambush Ryota Yamasato and his friends. Hirata’s triumphant return was cut short when Gota Ihashi flattened him with a Cross Body and won the title. There was then a string of title changes throughout the show with Toru Owashi, Nobuhiro Shimatani and Masahiro Takanashi all briefly becoming champion. Hirata won the belt back from Takanashi by handing him a note written in Thai that said “I give up”. Hirata then ran into Owashi’s Big Boot and was pinned for the final title switch of the show.


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