It’s that time of year again when DDT spends a week during the summer drinking itself stupid and inviting everyone along to come see the results. Nine different shows in seven days will take place in Shinjuku FACE with plenty of beer being served in the meantime. Every show has a different flavour with many being produced by the wrestlers themselves. So expect to see some ideas that are different or unusual for even regular DDT events. This year the published cards have a lot of gaps in them so some surprises may be in store.
TOKYO JOSHI PRO “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~THE 4TH TOKYO PRINCESS CUP FINAL ROUND~”, 30/07/2017
1. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Syoko Nakajima Vs Reika Saiki
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Yuka Sakazaki Vs Mizuki
3. Fire Fighting Dollars Vs 30’s Underground Idol Final Battle!: Maki Ito Vs Azusa Takigawa
4. Dragon Bombers Vs NEO Biishiki-gun: Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone Vs Yukio Saint Laurent & Martha (w/ Saki-nami)
5. Beer Garden Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Nonoko & Yuna Manase Vs Yuu, Nodoka-oneesan & Marika Kobashi
6. Tokyo Princess Cup – Final: X Vs X
The week begins with a double header held by Tokyo Joshi Pro and DDT. Tokyo Joshi kicks it off with the final rounds of the Tokyo Princess Cup. Syoko Nakajima is aiming to reach the final again for the fourth year in a row. Yuka Sakazaki has been unbeatable since she became the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Champion. Reika Saiki and Mizuki are both hoping to win the tournament in their first go.
We get to see the regenerated NEO Biishiki-gun back in the ring. There’s also risk of some Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title shenanigans with Maho Kurone in the house.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DDT~”, 30/07/2017
1. Shigehiro Irie Vs Rekka
2. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata
3. HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
4. Blindfold Hidden Breast 3 Way Death Match: Antonio Honda Vs Masahiro Takanashi Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. That Man Finally Came Back! Kazuki Hirata Triumphant Ultraman Chanko Special 6 Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & MAO
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
DDT’s first show of the series is pretty straight forward. Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo get to scramble before their big Sumo Hall main event. Kazuki Hirata returns to DDT after being deported back in April. Oh, and Antonio Honda gets to play with bras again.
The field of candidates for this year’s Dramatic General Election will be announced during this show.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~SMILE SQUASH DAY~”, 31/07/2017
1. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament: X Vs X
2. Special Single Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Soma Takao Produce Match: Soma Takao Vs X
4. HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano & Yuko Miyamoto Vs X, X & X
Smile Squash gets to briefly reunite thanks to Yasu Urano coming back along with Yuko Miyamoto stopping by.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DAMNATION DAY~”, 01/08/2017
1. Bull Rope Tag Match: Yuko Miyamoto & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Dave Crist & Shigehiro Irie
2. Tetsuya Endo Vs X
3. Round System Drinking & Driving Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Masahiro Takanashi
4. Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie Vs Antonio Honda, Rocky Kawamura & Tanomusaku Toba
Out of all the shows that risk drinking the bar dry, this is amongst the most likely. Daisuke Sasaki and Masahiro Takanashi have a rematch from last year where they got to drink inbetween very short rounds. They both got so drunk neither could continue so it was declared a draw. Adding Rocky Kawamura and Tanomusaku Toba to the main event provides the punch drunk effect that usually shows up on one of these events.
Dave Crist makes his DDT debut here teaming with his buddy Shigehiro Irie.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DANSHOKU DINO & SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~”, 02/08/2017
1. Only Yesterday: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Ken Ohka
2. Oishi Tradition ~Match Played By Moshi~: Makoto Oishi Vs Shigehiro Irie
3. LPC ~Lariat Pro Classics~: Keisuke Ishii & X Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & X
4. Play Sandman: Dave Crist Vs Danshoku Dino Vs X
An open invitation is being sent out for wrestlers to Enter Sandman. Gender, nationality and skill level is not a problem. Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine want to give everyone a chance to have a summer memory. Hopefully music licensing won’t be a problem on DDT UNIVERSE. Who am I kidding?
Super Sasadango Machine Vs Ken Ohka is a match 15 years in the making apparently.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~ALL OUT DAY~”, 03/08/2017
0. Dark Match – Something Like ALL OUT: X Vs X
1. X Vs X
2. Shunma Katsumata & Diego Vs Dave Crist & MAO
3. New Beijing Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Zhao Yun & Cao Zhang Vs Dragon-Achooooo!!!!! & Son Goku
4. Single Match Full Of Urano: Yasu Urano Vs Yasu Urano (Special Referee: Yasu Urano)
Everybody is Yasu Urano in the main event.
What the heck? New Beijing is back in Japan! The Chinese promotion has been pretty quiet for the last few years. Last I heard the owner was murdered by Piccolo Daimao but that was years ago.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~SHUTEN-DOJI DAY~”, 04/08/2017
1. Gorgeous Matsuno Triumphant Match!: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs Yukio Collection A.T., Kazuki Hirata & Toru Owashi
2. NEO Biishiki-gun Vs Rice Ball Wrestling: X Vs X
3. Shuten-dōji Vs Monster Army: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs X, X & X (w/ Sgt. Gunso)
Boy that was quick. Gorgeous Matsuno’s deportation isn’t going to last long. Now he’s coming back and bringing the Brahman Brothers with him!
DNA “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DNA 35~”, 05/08/2017
1. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Round 1: X Vs X
2. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Round 1: X Vs X
3. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Round 1: X Vs X
4. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Round 1: X Vs X
5. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Semi Final: X Vs X
6. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Semi Final: X Vs X
7. Masato Kamino Debut Match: Masato Kamino Vs X
8. Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 – Final: X Vs X
The contestants in the Pro Wrestling Koshien 2017 tournament are Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Ueno, Kouki Iwasaki, Naomi Yoshimura, Mizuki Watase, MAO, Diego and the winner of tomorrow’s qualifier tournament (Dai Suzuki, Nobuhiro Shimatani, Rekka or Daiki Shimomura).
Masato Kamino is 23 years old and from the Nara Prefecture. He is 175cm high, weighs 82kg and trained as a swimmer for 15 years.
DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DDT~”, 05/08/2017
1. Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Dave Crist & Diego
2. Strangest Ghost Story In The World Shinnosuka Death Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Super Sasadango Machine Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Saki Akai
3. Beer Garden Specialty Lottery 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito, Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, HARASHIMA, Shigehiro Irie
The series ends with the annual 6-Man Tag Team Lottery where the teams are randomly paired together by fans in the audience. The other annual event to look out for is the Ghost Story Death Match. It’s been kind of difficult to set up because every year the story teller keeps dying on the way to the venue but shows up anyway!