The DDT Dramatic General Election is back to drive DDT’s season for the autumn once Sumo Hall is over and done with. 43 wrestlers will be pleading for the fans to vote for them and get them booked on the 22nd October Korakuen Hall card. The top 20 wrestlers will be guaranteed spots on the main card while spots 21 to 24 will be put in the dark match.
This year the election winner will get a million yen cash prize and also a KO-D Openweight Title shot on the 22nd October show. If the reigning champion himself happens to be the winner then he gets to choose his opponent. The person who finishes in 2nd place will earn a 300,000 yen prize and also a title shot for any of the secondary DDT championships on 22nd October (KO-D Tag Team, DDT Extreme, KO-D 6-Man Tag, KO-D 10-Man Tag and Iron Man Heavymetalweight Titles). If the KO-D Champion finishes in 2nd then his secondary title shot will be held on another show because his own title defence takes priority.
The full field of candidates this year are (in order of last year’s placement followed by newcomers):
HARASHIMA, Danshoku Dino, Daisuke Sasaki, Masahiro Takanashi, Tetsuya Endo, Konosuke Takeshita, Soma Takao, KUDO, Saki Akai, Akito, Shunma Katsumata, Antonio Honda, Keisuke Ishii, Kazuki Hirata, Yukio Sakaguchi, Ken Ohka, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine, Cherry, MAO, Toru Owashi, Kazusada Higuchi, Mad Paulie, Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Yoshihiko, Shigehiro Irie, Diego, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi, Hoshitango, Matsuno Collection A.T., Yuni, Kouki Iwasaki, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani, Yuki Ueno, Naomi Yoshimura, Dai Suzuki, Yuki Ino, Masato Kamino, Royce Isaacs and Rocky Kawamura.
The Unit Election will also be held at the same time. The winning unit will be given booking rights for DDT’s daytime Korakuen Hall show on 30th December. Some of the units also contain wrestlers who are not competing in the solo election. The units are:
1. DAMNATION: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
2. Smile Squash: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao, Yasu Urano & Yuko Miyamoto
3. Shuten-dōji: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
4. ALL OUT: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego
5. NωA: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
6. T2Hide: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
7. YaroZ: Shigehiro Irie, Kazusada Higuchi, Antonio Honda, Ryuichi Sekine & Rocky Kawamura
8. Ohka Empire Returns: Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine, Ken Ohka & Keisuke Ishii
9. Super DNA Revolution: Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno
10. Pigging 2017: Nobuhiro Shimatani, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi
Voting begins on the 25th August and will be open at DDT shows until the 27th September. However early voting ballots will be handed out at the Sumo Hall show on 20th August. There is currently no date set on when the results will be announced.