DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN OSAKA 2 DAYS”, 07/01/2018
Osaka Hirano Community Hall
438 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
1. Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Veda Scott defeated Danshoku Dino, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno when Scott pinned Hirata with the Back Drop (8:18).
2. 4 Way Match: Keisuke Ishii defeated Toru Owashi, Kouki Iwasaki and Naomi Yoshimura when Ishii pinned Iwasaki with the Carolina Reaper (7:36).
3. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Kazusada Higuchi (2) defeated Soma Takao (0) with the Doctor Bomb (10:11).
4. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: HARASHIMA (2) defeated Joey Ryan (0) with the Somato (10:49).
5. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (2) defeated Akito (2) with a Scorpion Lock Roll Up (11:35).
6. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Jiro Kuroshio (4) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (0) with a Takatonic Turnback (12:56).
7. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Yukio Sakaguchi (4) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (0) with the Modified Cobra Clutch (6:56).
8. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (1) Vs Tetsuya Endo (3) ended in a Time Limit Draw (30:00).
1. Jiro Kuroshio (4)
2. Tetsuya Endo (3)
3. Keisuke Ishii (2)
-. HARASHIMA (2)
5. Konosuke Takeshita (1)
6. Joey Ryan (0)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (0)
1. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
2. Shuji Ishikawa (2)
-. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Akito (2)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (2)
6. Soma Takao (0)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (0)
DDT’s biggest rivalry was back in force for the main event of the D-King Grand Prix Day 2. Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo faced off in the rematch to last year’s “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” main event. Takeshita already got off to a bad start after losing his first block match while Endo won his first bout. Neither man got the spoils as the match went to a 30 minute time limit. It is a result both are familiar with when it comes to their singles matches. Endo left the ring after a brief standoff. Takeshita apologised to the fans for failing to beat Endo for them. He then said their battle is not over.
Daisuke Sasaki slumps even further into the depths with his second Grand Prix loss in a row. Yukio Sakaguchi hit him with the Right Knee Of God then put him down with the Cobra Clutch. The win places Sakaguchi on top of Block B for the early going. Sakaguchi’s next goal is to survive against Shuji Ishikawa. Get past him and it will be clear sailing from there. Sasaki is now getting desperate. His current plan for his next opponent Kazusada Higuchi is to hit him with a beer bottle.
The Grand Prix is off to a beautiful start thanks to Jiro Kuroshio. His win over Masahiro Takanashi means he currently sits on top of Block A. Once again his tricky style caught his opponent off guard for an unexpected pinfall. He promises to show HARASHIMA a Handsome World when their match happens next. Takanashi is 0 for 2. He promises to win his 4 remaining matches.
Mike Bailey scraped by with a win against Akito. Speedball’s legs were targeted throughout the match and he was in real danger of losing to the Scorpion Lock. But somehow Bailey fought so hard to block the move he rolled himself on top of Akito to pin him. Bailey said he has to keep winning so he can catch up with Ishikawa. He also thinks the middle portion of the tournament will determine where he finishes. It won’t be easy but he needs to imagine he can win it all. Akito meanwhile is worried that his usual losing pattern is surfacing again. But he can’t focus on that because tomorrow’s opponent is Ishikawa!
What is the best way to take on the Somato? Joey Ryan unsprisingly thought it was with his dong. He tried his own version of the move on HARASHIMA, hitting him crotch first in the face. It didn’t work. HARASHIMA then took control and hit the proper Somato, putting Ryan down for the count. This was HARASHIMA’s first match with Ryan and he was left puzzled by the experience. When Ryan regained his whereabouts during the backstage interview he described HARASHIMA as a “very tough bastard” who survived Ryan’s many traps. Ryan promises to set up more traps for his next opponent Takeshita. He also hopes the fans shower him with paper tape before the match. He likes it when they do that.
Kazusada Higuchi scored his first points with a win over Soma Takao. He countered the Gin And Tonic into a Power Bomb. From there he hit a Lariat and the Doctor Bomb for the three count. This was Soma’s first match in the Grand Prix and a defeat is not a good start. His next opponent is Mike Bailey and Soma is worried about facing him with the momentum he has.
Keisuke Ishii has a new finishing move called the Carolina Reaper. The move is a Modified Facelock where he traps one arm in a Chicken Wing and the other gets hooked behind his leg. He used it to submit Kouki Iwasaki in the 4 Way Match. Elsewhere in the match Toru Owashichallenged Naomi Yoshimura to try and beat him in their exchanges.
To celebrate the new year in Osaka, Danshoku Dino told the audience a dancing star from Tokyo has come over to cheer everyone up with his performance. He was talking about Kazuki Hirata. Normally whenever Hirata tries to dance during his entrance he gets interrupted so Dino ordered Yuki Ueno to help him stop anyone from laying a finger on Hirata while he dances. They succeeded although Dino did take a Plancha from MAO during the performance. However Hirata got angry and yelled at everyone to give the audience an exciting match. As it went on Ueno asked Hirata to tag him in so he could show off cool moves to his hometown crowd. Dino later got too excited and gave Ueno the Lip Lock even though they were on the same team. That allowed NωA and Veda Scott to isolate Hirata and beat him. When the match was over Hirata asked the audience if they enjoyed it. They gave him a positive applause.
Yukinori Matsui announced he will produce a wrestling show inside Osaka Edison Arena #2 on 27th May. He called upon the DDT wrestlers to help him make it a lively show.