Last Grand Prix Show Before The Final

December 14, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NAGOYA”, 15/12/2018
Nagoya City Mid-Sports Center

1. Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno Vs Puma King & Mizuki Watase
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (4) Vs MAO (4)
3. Nagoya Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ultimo Dragon, Toru Owashi & Keisuke Okuda Vs Makoto Oishi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazuki Hirata
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) Vs Mike Bailey (6)
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (6) Vs Shinya Aoki (6)
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (6) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (4) Vs Kazusada Higuchi (6)
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (6) Vs Go Shiozaki (8)

In A Block the only wrestlers left standing are Go Shiozaki, Kazusada Higuchi and HARASHIMA. A win or draw for Shiozaki means he wins the block. HARASHIMA needs to beat Shiozaki and also needs Higuchi to lose to Sasaki. Meanwhile Higuchi needs to beat Sasaki and needs HARASHIMA to beat Shiozaki.

B Block is more wild. Shinya Aoki, Tetsuya Endo, Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara and Mike Bailey all have a chance to qualify depending on a wide range of results. Aoki needs to win and have Takeshita lose/draw. Endo needs to win and have Guevara lose/draw. Takeshita needs to win and have Endo and Bailey lose/draw. Guevara needs to win and have Bailey and Aoki lose/draw. Bailey needs to win and have Endo Vs Aoki end in a draw.

Naomi Yoshimura is back as Danshoku Dieno’s new ally to take down Daisuke Sasaki. Dieno wants Yoshimura to challenge for the KO-D Openweight Title but Sasaki already has his hands full with other ideas for challengers. Yoshimura will be on this show waiting for Sasaki’s answer. Dieno said that the youngster was on an excursion of Hell and came home to Japan as an Evangelist Of Love. Yoshimura confirms that by saying the most important thing he learned in America was peace. Together Dieno & Yoshimura will give Sasaki plenty of Love & Peace!


Ganpro’s Last Shows Of 2018, New Year’s Wrestling Tournament Matches Plus Team Names

December 13, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TRUE RISE 2018”, 17/12/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic

1. Miracle Experience! Unbelievable Match: Moeka Haruhi Vs Fairy Nihonbashi
2. Toshinose! Ganpro Special Tag Bout!: Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ken Ohka & Shota

This was supposed to be the final Ganbare☆Wrestling show of the year but this week they announced they will hosting matches at the annual RIZIN Martial Arts Expo at Saitama Super Arena’s Community Area on 31st December. This will be the fourth year in a row Ganpro is involved in the expo.

Yumehito Imanari, Shuichiro Katsumura and Shuhei Washida will be on the show.

“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2018 ~TOSHIWASHURE! SHUFFLE TAG TOURNAMENT”, 31/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino Vs Ryota Hama & Antonio Honda
2. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Takuya Nomura & Kazuki Hirata
3. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita Vs Brahman Shu or Brahman Kei & Masahiro Takanashi
4. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara Vs Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey
5. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yuya Aoki & MAO
6. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi (w/ Hideki Suzuki)
7. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Minoru Fujita & Soma Takao
8. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Ryuji Ito & Yuki Ueno Vs Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA
9. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #1 Vs Winners Of Match #2
10. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #3 Vs Winners Of Match #4
11. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #5 Vs Winners Of Match #6
12. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #7 Vs Winners Of Match #8
13. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
14. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
15. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

HARASHIMA’s original tag partner Abdullah Kobayashi is unable to compete in the tournament because of a shoulder injury. Masashi Takeda takes his place.

Hideki Suzuki will not be wrestling in the tournament but has agreed to be the ringside second for Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi.

The Japan Indie Grand Prix Awards presented by Samurai! TV will be held during the show.

We have tag team names!

Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino (Muscle Wolf)
Ryota Hama & Antonio Honda (Hama Ton)
Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi (Bald & Blonde)
Takuya Nomura & Kazuki Hirata (☆Team Nomura☆)
Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita (Nishinari Elite Yankee Konosuke And Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Strongest Man)
Brahman Shu or Brahman Kei & Masahiro Takanashi (Toryumon Refugees)
Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara (Japan-US 4 Dimensional Combination)
Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey (Team Let’s Go)
Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Tetsuya Endo (2nd Generation Party Boys)
Yuya Aoki & MAO (Cherry Boys On The Run)
Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki (Super Fighting Three Musketeers)
Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi (w/ Hideki Suzuki) (Black Three Star)
Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi (Team Katagi)
Minoru Fujita & Soma Takao (MudNATION)
Ryuji Ito & Yuki Ueno (Team A Line)
Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA (Madness Smile/Crazy Smile)


2 Laps Left In Grand Prix, Bad Communication 2018, Masato Kamino Returns, TJPW Christmas Matches

December 11, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN YOKOHAMA”, 14/12/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. 3 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Akito & Yuki Iino Vs KUDO & Antonio Honda
2. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Makoto Oishi
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (4) Vs Puma King (4)
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO (4) Vs Go Shiozaki (6)
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (4) Vs Soma Takao (2)
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi (2) Vs Shinya Aoki (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)

Two shows left for the group stage of the D-Ou Grand Prix. In Yokohama, Go Shiozaki can lead the A Block if he beats MAO. HARASHIMA needs to beat Puma King to stay in the running. Konosuke Takeshita is in a similar situation but every Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match during the tournament has resulted in a new champion every time. Both Shinya Aoki and Sammy Guevara can break away from Tetsuya Endo if they win their matches.

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NAGOYA”, 15/12/2018
Nagoya City Mid-Sports Center

1. Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno Vs Puma King & Mizuki Watase
2. Nagoya Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ultimo Dragon, Toru Owashi & Keisuke Okuda Vs Makoto Oishi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazuki Hirata
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (4) Vs Kazusada Higuchi (6)
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (4) Vs Go Shiozaki (6)
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (4) Vs MAO (4)
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (4) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (6) Vs Shinya Aoki (6)
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)

It’s a bit difficult to go through the different paths before the Yokohama show takes place. To make a long story short A Block is right now down to Kazusada Higuchi, Shiozaki, HARASHIMA and MAO. In B Block the race is between Endo, Aoki, Guevara with Takeshita chasing them.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BAD COMMUNICATION 2018”, 16/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Yukihiro Abe & Shuhei Washida Return To Battle: Hiroshi Yamato, Yukihiro Abe & Shuhei Washida Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Takeshi Okada
2. Bloom In The Sacred Place! GanJo No Hana!: Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE Vs Fairy Nihonbashi & Sumire Natsu
3. Special Tag Match: Naoshi Sano & Carbell Ito Vs Chikara & Mitomi Masayuki
4. Hitori Shiten No Puroresu, All Or Nothing Big Battle: Keisuke Ishii Vs Jun Akiyama
5. Fate Of POWER OF DREAM Showdown: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Jake Lee
6. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Sento Minzoku In Korakuen Hall!! – Texas Tornado Singapore Cane Tag Match: Yumehito Imanari & Shota Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura
7. No Rope Barbed Wire Death Match: Ken Ohka Vs Minoru Fujita

During a press conference held inside the Ebisuko Tavern the team of Yumehito Imanari & Shota said they wanted to rise up with violence and aggression that they’ve lacked in their previous matches against Sento Minzoku. When they were about to announce the match stipulation, Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura stormed the room and attacked them. Shota fought them off with a bamboo sword and revealed the match will be a Texas Tornado Singapore Cane Tag Match! Sekine & Shimomura attacked again and this time got the better of their opponents. When they left the tavern Shota & Imanari swore they will get their revenge at Korakuen Hall!

BASARA “BASARA 84 ~FEAST~”, 18/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial – Legendary Prosecutor Revival!: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs X
2. FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Takato Nakano & Jun Masaoka
3. Masato Kamino Return Battle: Masato Kamino Vs Fuminori Abe
4. Trans-Am ★ Trans-Am: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuji
5. Best Stretchman V3 & Yasu Urano Vs Best Stretchman Amazaon & Stretchman Man
6. Sparky Vs Sento Minzoku!: Ryota Nakatsu, Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara Vs Ryuichi Sekine, Daiki Shimomura & Minoru Fujita

Former DNA rookie Masato Kamino returns after a year plus long absence from the ring thanks to injury. He signed a deal to join BASARA on 1st December.

It’s been a while since Gouma Ryu had a Pro Wrestling Trial, mainly because his rival prosecutor Hercules Senga was too busy being forced to switch into other gimmicks. But what’s this? The original prosecutor for these matches Atsushi Maruyama is back to take his place!

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “WELL, MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2018”, 22/12/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Yuki Kamifuku & Hinano Vs Veda Scott & Raku
2. Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Pom Harajuku & Haruna Neko
3. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Hikari Vs Miyu Yamashita
4. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Mina Shirakawa Vs Yuna Manase
5. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Reika Saiki Vs Nodoka Tenma
6. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Yuki Aino Vs YUMI
7. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Hyper Misao Vs Miu
8. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki

A fan lottery took place at a HMV store in Shibuya a few days ago to select the six special Christmas matches. Each match has a 10 minute time limit.


Husband Vs Wife, BASARA’s Christmas Feast, Ito Respect Army’s Gift

December 4, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINKIBA”, 07/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. 4 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Keisuke Okuda & Yuki Iino Vs Antonio Honda & Veda Scott
2. Husband Vs Wife! Oishi Asahi Vs AvidRival: Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi Vs Ryo Mizunami & Misaki Ohata
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (2) Vs Akito (2)
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (0) Vs Kazusada Higuchi (0)
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (0) Vs Masahiro Takanashi (2)
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (4) Vs Soma Takao (0)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki (2) Vs Mike Bailey (2)

With Misaki Ohata’s retirement coming soon, she wants to leave her career with no regrets. That means before she quits she wants to have a match against her husband Makoto Oishi! Ohata says she only needs 10 minutes with Oishi and originally asked for a singles match. Oishi however wanted to team with Shiori Asahi in DDT again. Struck with inspiration, Oishi asked DDT to bring in Oishi’s friend Ryo Mizunami so they could team up as AvidRival one more time. That way the match will appeal to fans of DDT, K-DOJO and WAVE all at once.

BASARA “BASARA 84 ~FEAST~”, 18/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Trans-Am ★ Trans-Am: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuji
2. Best Stretchman V3 & Yasu Urano Vs Best Stretchman Amazaon & Stretchman Man
3. Sparky Vs Sento Minzoku!: Ryota Nakatsu, Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara Vs Ryuichi Sekine, Daiki Shimomura & Minoru Fujita

The two new units in BASARA face off. The Nakatsu Gundan renamed themselves to Sparky at the last show.

Best Stretchman V3 thinks Yasu Urano has potential to become the next Best Stretchman. He needs to past the rest of the Best Stretch team to prove V3 right.

Jun Masaoka will also be on the show.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “WELL, MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2018”, 22/12/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Pom Harajuku & Haruna Neko

The Ito Respect Army will perform their entrance song live as a Christmas gift for the fans.

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 THE FINAL!!”, 30/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Meiko Satomura, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs X, X & X
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – Final: Winner Of A Block Vs Winner Of B Block

CIMA, El Lindaman & #STRONGHEART’s newest member Seiki Yoshioka will be on the show.


Shining! Ganbare☆Wrestling Grand Prize, Maku Donamon Coming To DDT

November 29, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TRUE RISE 2018”, 17/12/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic

1. Miracle Experience! Unbelievable Match: Moeka Haruhi Vs Fairy Nihonbashi

Since this is the last Ganbare☆Wrestling show of the year the group will be giving out awards for the highlights of 2018. Ganpro has done this before but are promoting the event as the first ever Shining! Ganbare☆Wrestling Grand Prize awards. These awards will apparently provide a different perspective and won’t just be using traditional categories like Best Match and MVP. Yumehito Imanari is the chairman behind the idea and also judge for one of the awards. To the surprise of no one he is judging the Miss Fat Grand Prix category.

DDT “DRAMATIC AKASONAE! 2019”, 13/01/2019
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

Just when I thought I’ve seen everything, along comes this. Maku Donamon comes from a mysterious underground league called UDON Pro Wrestling. The comedy group holds mat wrestling shows inside bars and two of its acts have caught the attention of DDT. Presenting Maku Donamon and his manager Haru Phoenix! Donamon is nicknamed the Yellow Devil in Tokushima. He is 170cm tall and weighs 80kg. He’s also a lewd Ronald McDonald. Both Donamon and Phoenix will be involved at DDT’s Osaka weekend doubleheader in January.


Changes To Non-Tournament Matches

November 29, 2018

Shunma Katsumata’s injury removes him from the undercard for the next two weeks. This leads to some changes in the undercard matches that aren’t related to the D-Ou Grand Prix.

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NANTO”, 01/12/2018
Toyama Nanto City Fukuno B & G Ocean Center

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO Vs Puma King
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito Vs Go Shiozaki
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Masahiro Takanashi
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Sammy Guevara
5. Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Iino & Kota Umeda Vs Mike Bailey, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno
6. Ken Ohka Local Triumph! Nanto Specialty How Surprising Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ken Ohka, HARASHIMA & Antonio Honda Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINKIBA”, 07/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. MAO, Sammy Guevara & Puma King Vs Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno
2. 4 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Makoto Oishi & Keisuke Okuda Vs Antonio Honda & Veda Scott
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Akito
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Kazusada Higuchi
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Masahiro Takanashi
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Soma Takao
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki Vs Mike Bailey

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN OSAKA”, 08/12/2018
Osaka World Pavilion

1. 3 Way Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yuki Iino
2. MAO, Sammy Guevara & Mizuki Watase Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Go Shiozaki
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Akito
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Puma King
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Tetsuya Endo
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Shinya Aoki
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi Vs Mike Bailey

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN HAKATA”, 09/12/2018
Hakata Star Lane

1. Soma Takao, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Azul Dragon Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Mizuki Watase
2. Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Yuki Ueno & Yuto Aijima Vs Mike Bailey, Antonio Honda, Kota Umeda & Yuki Iino
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs HARASHIMA
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs MAO
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito Vs Puma King
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Shinya Aoki
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN YOKOHAMA”, 14/12/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Puma King
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO Vs Go Shiozaki
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Soma Takao
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shinya Aoki
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey Vs Sammy Guevara
6. 3 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Akito & Yuki Iino Vs KUDO & Antonio Honda
7. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Makoto Oishi

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NAGOYA”, 15/12/2018
Nagoya City Mid-Sports Center

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Kazusada Higuchi
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Go Shiozaki
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito Vs MAO
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Sammy Guevara
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Shinya Aoki
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Sammy Guevara
7. Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno Vs Puma King & Mizuki Watase
8. Nagoya Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ultimo Dragon, Toru Owashi & Keisuke Okuda Vs Makoto Oishi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazuki Hirata


Teams Chosen For New Year’s Eve Wrestling

November 28, 2018

“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2018 ~TOSHIWASHURE! SHUFFLE TAG TOURNAMENT”, 31/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi
Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino
Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi
Ryota Hama & Antonio Honda
Abdullah Kobayashi & HARASHIMA
Ryuji Ito & Yuki Ueno
Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Tetsuya Endo
Minoru Fujita & Soma Takao
Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki
Brahman Brothers & Masahiro Takanashi
Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara
Takuya Nomura & Kazuki Hirata
Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi
Yuya Aoki & MAO
Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita

The co-promoted tag tournament between Big Japan and DDT is back again for another New Year’s Eve celebration. The first two rounds will be given 10 minute time limits, the semi-finals have a 15 minute limit and the final has no time limit. Time limit draws will be decided with Sudden Death One Count Pinfall rules. Today the teams were chosen at a special event open to members of both companies’s fan clubs. Not everyone involved in the tournament could appear but the majority commented on their teams.

Yasufumi Nakanoue said he is nervous because this is his first New Year’s Eve Wrestling show. Kazusada Higuchi calmed him down by saying it is an honour to team with him.

Takayuki Ueki introduced himself in English to Mike Bailey by calling himself “Police Man” and calling Bailey “Best Partner”. Their team name is TEAM LET’S GO.

Daisuke Sekimoto thinks it is fate for him to team with Yuki Iino.

Yoshihisa Uto wants to make the most out of his pairing with Sanshiro Takagi. He described Takagi as the strongest power in DDT.

Antonio Honda wanted to team with the biggest wrestler around so he’s happy to be with Ryota Hama. Together they will be the most conspicuous team in the tournament.

Abdullah Kobayashi & HARASHIMA are without any argument the most handsome combination that could have been made this year. However, HARASHIMA is concerned with the arm injury that Kobayashi recently suffered. Kobayashi says he will get consultation about it tomorrow and will train hard to be fit in time. He also suggested their team should be called Because I Love The Team.

Next year will be Ryuji Ito’s 20th year in pro wrestling so winning the tournament will be the perfect way to celebrate. Yuki Ueno feels a little out of his depth next to Ito and realises that he’s going to be in more tense matches than usual.

Tetsuya Endo wanted to team up with The Great Kojika again. Instead he gets Tatsuhiko Yoshino. Endo is fine with that because he and Yoshino wear similar looking clothes. Yoshino is hoping to get past the 1st round in the tournament for once.

Minoru Fujita wasn’t there so Soma Takao had to pose with a picture of him. Takao is thinking about inviting Fujita to join DAMNATION and replace Nobuhiro Shimatani as their temporary manager.

Daisuke Sasaki asked Daichi Hashimoto if they can lose their match as quick as possible because he wants to spend New Year’s Eve relaxing at home. Hashimoto refuses because he wants to win the tournament. Sasaki also wants to call their team The Three Musketeers but Hisaya Imabayashi quickly shut that idea down.

Masahiro Takanashi says his private life is a lot like being one of the Brahman Brothers. He thinks they will get along and work hard together because of that.

The Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara were both absent.

Takuya Nomura may dance with Kazuki Hirata during their matches. That’s all he knows about Hirata.

Yuji Okabayashi is 100% certain his team will win so Yukio Sakaguchi can go on a hangover fueled rampage through the tournament if he’d like.

Yuya Aoki & MAO quickly bonded over their young age. Youth is their weapon against the rest of the field!

Konosuke Takeshita wants to make it to the final for the fourth year in a row. He believes his team with Yuko Miyamoto is the best combination available.