DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HARAJUKU 2 DAYS”, 15/12/2019
Tokyo Belle Epoque Beauty School 2nd School Hall
201 Fans – Super No Vacancy
1. Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino defeated Yuki Ueno & Keigo Nakamura when Takeshita pinned Nakamura with a Blue Thunder Bomb (11:30).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Limit Battle Royal: Saki Akai defeated Makoto Oishi (c), Toru Owashi, Masahiro Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Mizuki Watase, Yukio Naya, Hisaya Imabayashi and D-Ou Grand Prix Trophy (10:00).
2a. Toru Owashi defeated Makoto Oishi (c) with a Figure 4 Neck Lock (4:30).
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1,449th champion.
2b. Saki Akai defeated Toru Owashi (c) with a Figure 4 Neck Lock (4:35).
*Saki Akai becomes the 1,450th champion.
2c. Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Saki Akai (c) with a Figure 4 Neck Lock (4:39).
*Tomomitsu Matsunaga becomes the 1,451st champion.
2d. Masahiro Takanashi defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga (c) with a Figure 4 Neck Lock (4:42).
*Masahiro Takanashi becomes the 1,452nd champion.
2e. D-Ou Grand Prix Trophy defeated Masahiro Takanashi (c) by Pinfall (6:18).
*D-Ou Grand Prix Trophy becomes the 1,453rd champion.
2f. Hisaya Imabayashi defeated D-Ou Grand Prix Trophy (c) by Pinfall (7:21).
*Hisaya Imabayashi becomes the 1,454th champion.
2g. Saki Akai defeated Hisaya Imabayashi (c) by submission (9:22).
*Saki Akai becomes the 1,455th champion.
3. O-40 Title: Gorgeous Matsuno (c) defeated Cherry with the Spring Night Love (6:15).
*V1 for Gorgeous Matsuno.
4. DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Endo submitted Modified Yurikamome Hold (8:08).
5. Chris Brookes & Kazuki Hirata defeated Bull James & Antonio Honda when Hirata pinned Honda with the GO! GO! Splash (11:07).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Yukio Sakaguchi (4) defeated Soma Takao (4) with the God’s Right Knee (8:16).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Naomi Yoshimura (2) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (8) with a Cradle (16:12).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: HARASHIMA (9) Vs Masato Tanaka (11) ended in a Time Limit Draw (30:00).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kazuki Hirata defeated Saki Akai (c) with a Cradle (4:42 pm).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes the 1,456th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Toru Owashi defeated Kazuki Hirata (c) with a Cradle (4:43 pm).
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1,457th champion.
1. Masato Tanaka (11)
2. HARASHIMA (9)
3. Daisuke Sasaki (8)
4. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
-. Soma Takao (4)
-. Bull James (4)
7. Naomi Yoshimura (2)
The final of the D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 is now set. Masato Tanaka completes an undefeated run in the B Block but has not quite pulled off a clean sweep. With an earlier result on the show giving HARASHIMA one last lifeline to reach the final, he couldn’t afford to lose against Tanaka. With both becoming their most stubborn version of themselves as the match progressed, a win was not coming for either of them. Tanaka kicked out of the Firebird Splash while HARASHIMA got a rope break after the Sliding D to the back of the head. Tanaka avoided the Somato and gave HARASHIMA a Back Drop Hold when the bell rang for the time limit draw. With this result, Tanaka finishes on top of the block uncontested. He and HARASHIMA shook hands after the match and praised each other.
The final at Korakuen Hall on 28th December is now confirmed to be Tetsuya Endo Vs Masato Tanaka! Endo came out and said he worked out long ago that Tanaka was going to make it this far. He then asked Tanaka if he wanted to come work for DAMNATION. Tanaka slapped away Endo’s hand, rejecting his offer. Endo warned at Korakuen he will show what it means to decline his offer. Tanaka said there are a lot of companies with new young wrestlers now on top. But there are still the older wrestlers around and he is different from everyone else. The two pressed their heads together for a face off before Endo left.
Whatever slim chances Daisuke Sasaki had left to top the group vanished when he lost to Naomi Yoshimura. For Yoshimura the result ended his Grand Prix losing streak. In an even stronger message, Yoshimura kicked out of the Pedigree with a one count. Almost a year ago Yoshimura suffered a cervical sprain when Sasaki spiked him with that move. Sasaki hit another Pedigree but Yoshimura kicked out again this time at 2. Sasaki went for La Mistica Crossface Lock but Yoshimura used his power to block the transition and then drop down on top of Sasaki to pin him for the three count. With this win Yoshimura wants a KO-D Tag Team Titles match. He also wants that match to avenge his earlier defeat to Soma Takao.
The other remaining D-Ou match had nothing but pride on the line. Yukio Sakaguchi countered the Reverse Gory Special Bomb into a Sleeper Hold. Takao rolled him into a pin to break it up then attempted the Gin And Tonic. When that didn’t work, Takao ran to the ropes. On the rebound Sakaguchi struck him with the God’s Right Knee for the win. Backstage Sakaguchi reflected on the current state of the D-Ou Grand Prix after three tournaments. He mentioned some of the absences. Kazusada Higuchi was injured and MAO is wrestling overseas so they have excuses. But Sakaguchi doesn’t understand why half of ALL OUT stayed away from the Grand Prix this time around.
In non-tournament matches, Chris Brookes used a chop to the neck to knockout Bull James. James fell on top of Antonio Honda and Kazuki Hirata did the GO! GO! Splash onto both of them for the pin. Hirata said he is going to change gears when he challenges Keisuke Ishii for the Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title in Ganbare☆Wrestling on 22nd December. Hirata will also hold a special 10th Anniversary show on 14th March next year.
Gorgeous Matsuno used one of Cherry’s trademark moves against her to defend the O-40 Title. Cherry went for the Spring Night Love but Matsuno ended up pinning her with a reversal. Matsuno called Cherry an unexpected dark horse to challenge him. Even though the title is for over-forties there is still an 18 year difference between the two of them. Matsuno will continue to defend the title so he can share his middle-aged dreams, hopes and spirits with the fans.
The Time Limit Battle Royal was dusted off for today’s Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title defence. Makoto Oishi entered as the champion and had to survive 10 minutes against the rest of the field. He told his opponents he wanted to protect the championship until his new born daughter grows up. However Yukio Naya wanted to win the title because he hasn’t won a belt in DDT yet, so Oishi’s plea fell on deaf ears. A chain of Headscissors outside the ring resulted in the Iron Man Title changing hands four times at once with Masahiro Takanashi ending up as the current champion. Mizuki Watase noticed the D-Ou Grand Prix trophy was nearby so he carried it over and pressed it down on Takanashi to pin him. However Yukinori Matsui declared that the trophy was now the champion and not Watase! Matsui brought the trophy into the ring and Watase climbed the ropes threatening to hit it with a Missile Dropkick. Hisaya Imabayashi ran in and dove onto the trophy to protect it but Matsui thought he was pinning it so he counted to three and made Imabayashi the new champion! Imabayashi used the microphone to defend himself from Naya and the others until Saki Akai got her hands on him. She set him up for the Quetzalcoatl and Imabayashi got so scared of taking the move that he instantly gave up. Akai was the champion when time ran out which means she won the match. However at the end of the show more title changes happened and Toru Owashi left as the champion.