DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.34 ~STARTING OVER~”, 04/07/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Global Futures: Mike Bailey & Cody Hall defeated Diego & Rekka when Bailey pinned Rekka with the Ultima Weapon (9:39).
2. All Japan Major League Championship: Shiro Koshinaka & Kotaro Suzuki defeated Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Koshinaka pinned Shimomura with the Power Bomb (8:07).
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial Final Battle: Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask Vs Dai Suzuki ended in a Time Limit Draw (7:00).
3a. Gurukun Mask pinned Dai Suzuki with a Lariat (0:44).
3b. Hideki Suzuki submitted Dai Suzuki with a Cobra Twist (1:14).
3c. NOSAWA Rongai pinned Dai Suzuki after the Pearl Harbour Splash from Jun Kasai (3:19).
3d. Jun Kasai Vs Dai Suzuki ended in a Time Limit Draw (7:00).
4. Best Of High Flyers: Tetsuya Endo defeated MAO with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (10:16).
5. Real Mad Doubt Confrontation!: Koji Kanemoto defeated Mizuki Watase by TKO with a Stomp Assisted Half Crab Hold (17:05).
6. PREMIUM GIG – With That Thought ~Kazusada Higuchi Graduation Memorial Match~: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Naomi Yoshimura when Higuchi pinned Iwasaki with the Goten (15:20).
7. MAIN GIG – Break Open The New Door Of DNA!: Shunma Katsumata defeated Yuki Ueno with the Firebird Splash (20:56).
Today’s show was an eventful one for DNA as a whole. Kazusada Higuchi was graduating from the brand but the main event spots were given to Shunma Katsumata and Yuki Ueno so the younger wrestlers could get a chance in the spotlight. Ueno was determined to seize the opportunity and went straight into an Elbow Smash battle with Katsumata. He then Dropkicked Katsumata out of the ring and leapt on top of him with a Plancha. Katsumata had to rely on his speed to takeover the match. Missile Dropkicks and John Woo Dropkicks kept Ueno at bay until turned his back and climbed the top rope. Ueno got up, stopped Katsumata and Power Bombed him. Ueno missed a Splash from the top rope, Katsumata recovered to hit a Lightning Spiral and then the Firebird Splash for the three count. Katsumata wanted to thank everyone in the audience for attending but he was interrupted by Sanshiro Takagi. The DDT president praised both Katsumata and Ueno for having a good match. He said today was the end of Chapter 2 for DNA. He asked Katsumata what he thought of that then immediately cut him off to answer on his behalf. After that, Takagi announced Chapter 3 will begin with the return of the Wrestling Koshien tournament on 5th August at Shinjuku FACE.
As Chapter 2 ends so does Higuchi’s time in DNA. He wanted to help DNA for their second show in Korakuen Hall before he moved on to become a full time DDT wrestler. So he was given a special graduation match with three wrestlers who were his rivals and teammates during his time here. Higuchi teamed with Ryota Nakatsu to beat Kouki Iwasaki and Naomi Yoshimura. Higuchi thanked all three of them for being in the match. He was born in DNA and he will never forget it.
Mizuki Watase was given another tough challenge in the form of Koji Kanemoto. The match was almost one sided as Kanemoto dished out kicks and knee strikes and stretches to Watase. It ended when Kanemoto put Watase in a Half Crab then stamped on his head until the referee stopped the match. Despite the vicious beating, Kanemoto praised Watase for putting up a fight. In a backstage interview Kanemoto said he watched Watase’s match with Shinjiro Otani but couldn’t get into it. He only began to understand Watase’s enthusiasm when they wrestled each other. However, Kanemoto warned everyone that he is not a gatekeeper for young wrestlers. He will knock you down when given the opportunity.
Even though MAO and Tetsuya Endo are both from Miyagi, the two do not get along. MAO wishes it would be different and hoped their match today would be the start something good between them. Endo didn’t see it that way. In fact he just treated it like any other match. Also Endo thinks he is overwhelmingly stronger than MAO so there is no way they can be rivals.
Dai Suzuki’s DNA career was on the line in the final stage of his trial series. Three matches so far and three loses to go with them. For the finale he had to fight four wrestlers at the same time. They were Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask. All Suzuki had to do was to either beat one of them or avoid losing to all four of them for 7 minutes. He had Ken Ohka cheering him on from the sidelines but when the match began it quickly looked grim. Gurukin Mask pinned him in under a minute. Hideki Suzuki submitted him 30 seconds later. A glimmer of hope came when NOSAWA and Kasai began to argue with each other. Kasai let it go and hit Suzuki with the Pearl Harbour Splash. NOSAWA then snuck past Kasai and stole the pin. The two began arguing again. NOSAWA was so mad he decided to help out Suzuki and break the pin whenever it looked like Kasai was going to win. When Kasai finally got rid of NOSAWA he gave Suzuki the Reverse Tiger Driver but the time expired and the match was ruled a draw. Dai Suzuki’s career is saved! Kasai complained about the result but backed off when Hideki Suzuki demanded he fight Shogun Okamoto. When they left, Ohka motivated Dai Suzuki for his performance. He isn’t weak, he’s getting stronger and he works as hard as he can. Suzuki promised to show his gratitude to Ohka for supporting him.
Gran MilliMeters jumped Shiro Koshinaka & Kotaro Suzuki with Double Dropkicks to start their match. However the veteran team turned the tables and grabbed the victory. Suzuki got rid of Nobuhiro Shimatani. Koshinaka hit Daiki Shimomura with the Diving Hip Attack then finished him off with the Power Bomb. Gran MilliMeters are unsure about their future as a team. There aren’t many tag teams in DNA so maybe it is time for them to go a different direction.
A multinational tag team bout opened the show featuring wrestlers from America (Cody Hall), Canada (Mike Bailey), Chile (Diego) and Taiwan (Rekka). Hall showed his strength by Back Body Dropping his partner out of the ring onto the Young Donuts outside! Bailey later got the win with the Ultima Weapon on Rekka. Hall said he felt great because winning is a pleasant thing and dominating opponents is the best feeling a wrestler can get.