DDT, aka Dramatic Dream Team, is a wrestling promotion that was set up by Sanshiro Takagi in 1997. DDT does wrestling differently when compared to the major Japanese promotions. Rather than follow the more serious and athletic style of wrestling, it instead takes the WWE option of being more about Sports Entertainment. Throw in the bizarre sense of humour Japan is known for and you have a very weird wrestling promotion indeed. From a man who idolises Stone Cold Steve Austin, to a violently homosexual wrestler, to ladders winning championships and to one of the brightest growing stars in the business today, DDT captured the imagination of some wrestling fans who wanted to watch wrestling just for fun. However, behind all the silliness lies some genuine talent among the ranks. Kota Ibushi and HARASHIMA are the two aces of the promotion, Sanshiro Takagi has plenty of charisma to spare, Kenny Omega made a name for himself here thanks to his exciting matches and MIKAMI has been providing the high risk, high flying action for over a decade.

DDT runs several sub-brands and offshoots, regularly experimenting the different ways wrestling can be done and presented. BASARA is small scale brand run by Isami Kodaka.  It is the most consistant of the sub-brands when it comes to running shows. Tokyo Joshi Pro is an idol women’s wrestling brand using its own trained wrestlers. Ganbare☆Wrestling is an attempt to recapture the spark of mid 90s cult feds like FMW and IWA Japan run by Ken Ohka. BOYZ feature handsome wrestlers from around the indy scene and is kept under the watchful eye of Johnny Edojima, who is played by Danshoku Dino. In the past there were other brands associated with DDT. Union Pro was a revival of the infamous underground league of the same name from the early 90s. Hard Hit is more of a stand up worked shoot style hybrid using rounds and a points system for its matches. MUSCLE began as Muscle Sakai’s parody of HUSTLE but since then has gained a life of its own and is now about whatever crazy idea Sakai thinks of at the time. Cruiser’s Game focuses on high flying wrestlers and is handled by MIKAMI. New Beijing features DDT wrestlers doing Chinese parodies of other promotions and is run by Choun-Shiryu. Finally there was Yago Pro, a sub-brand that existed for one night only held by Yoshiaki Yago.

DDT currently has six main championships. The KO-D Openweight Title, the KO-D Tag Team Titles, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. the DDT Extreme Title (every title bout is fought under a stipulation or gimmick match), the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Title (Hardcore title defended 24/7) and the King Of Dark Title (the champion can only wrestle in dark matches and must win to pass the title onto someone else). They recognise other championships from around Japan and even revive the most obscure and unknown championships whenever and wherever they feel like it.

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